Monday, April 21, 2008

Speeding train



The TPR hearing for K this morning was successful. The biological mom did not show up and had not contacted her attorney or social worker. The judge proceeded in her absence. It went very quickly!

Back in January when everything looked so scary with Z's case, I was of course praying my guts out and had - I don't want to say a vision, that sounds a little grandiose - but a mental movie that I knew was associated with this situation. A train track curved through the countryside toward houses in the distance. The grass was green, and a white fence ran beside the track. On the track sat a rusted-out old 1940s pickup truck. Heavy. Ugly. Scary. Not moving, not movable. A passenger train (think the Blue Streak Express from Lois Lenski's "The Little Train") sped toward it. Impending doom! Then the train ran right through the truck as if it were not even there.

Four months later we are in the clear to adopt both our foster kids! How great to be a speeding train.

9 comments:

Kari said...

Oh I'm ELATED for you! This has been a patiently awaited BLESSING!! YAY!!!!!

Shall I eat some chocolate to celebrate with you?!

Essy said...

I'm so thrilled for you. I know what a huge relief this is...I've been there! So glad that you can now finally move forward with your lives together. Many blessings to your family.

Ana said...

Thanks you guys! And Kari, on the chocolate, go for it!!

MaryRuth said...

YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THIS IS SO EXCITING!!!!!!!

WatchMeLoseWeight said...

This is WONDERFUL news!!! I remember when you got K and you didn't think you'd have him longer than a week! Congratulations to your WHOLE family!!!

Kate

Marta said...

So, for sure for sure you can adopt them both? Are my eyes reading what I think they are?

Ana said...

That is pretty much true, Marta!

There is still a possibility that the biological parents could appeal, but because of the thoroughness with which everything has been done, that would be likely only to delay us - not derail us. And they haven't filed any preliminary writs contesting the termination of reunification services, so they may even have lost their chance to appeal.

So yeah! Party on!

Syd said...

Oh, I'm so excited for you guys!! I'm so glad that your train is speeding on down the track!! (Although I am not sure you felt much like it was 'speeding' a lot of the time-more like chugging slowly!!) Hugs!!

D said...

Congrats. When I saw them on Sunday, they have grown so much from the last time I saw them. I hope it's smooth sailing with the adoption process.